Friday, February 27, 2015

Save me...I can't stand my boss! Tips from Elizabeth Scala

"You name it; we’ve all had someone that we work with who we

cannot stand to be around.

Now most of you reading won’t want to hear this. But guess what?

It’s actually not the (boss/preceptor/professor/colleague/provider)

that is causing you grief. It’s you. And your perceptions of how you

think they ought to be treating you. How you want and need them to

be towards you. So let me tell you this right up front: you cannot

change another person’s actions. It is impossible to shift the

behavior of someone else. You can only be responsible for you.

Your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and actions. You are the reaction

that is responding to the treatment that another person is putting

out there."

Read more excellent advice from Elizabeth Scala author of

"Nursing from Within".

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The American School for the Deaf needs a camp nurse!






CLOSING DATE:     Until filled.

REV:                          01/05/2015

POST:                                    01/05/2015


Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains on Twin Lakes, Salisbury, Connecticut, “Isola Bella” means Beautiful Island in Italian.  Isola Bella was bequeathed to The American School by the late Ferrari Ward and his wife, Muriel Alvord Ward.  Both were members of the ASD Board of Directors and Mrs. Ward was the first woman to serve on the board.  Through this wonderful gift, the American School became the United States’ first school for the deaf to offer a summer program for hearing impaired youngsters and is the only camp for deaf children in Southern New England.  Isola Bella is a scenic island estate that has been turned into a recreational/residential summer camp for deaf children ranging in age from 6 years to 18 years old.  A wide variety of activities are offered depending on camper’s skill and interest level.  Some of these activities include: archery, arts & crafts, camp studies, swimming, sailing and canoeing, water skiing, overnight camping, hiking, team and non-competitive games and a variety of special trips and projects.  The philosophy of the program is “learning through experience.”





Under the supervision of the Camp Director provides medical/nursing care to deaf and hearing impaired campers ages six to eighteen at summer camp.




(a)   Shall have primary responsibility for the health/welfare of all campers and staff.

(b)   Shall follow current standing orders.

(c)   Shall maintain and operate the infirmary.

(d)   Shall maintain accurate, up-to-date logs of any and all treatments rendered and have the logs signed by an assigned Doctor weekly.

(e)   Shall supervise ill or injured campers and staff.

(f)    Shall hold and dispense all medications to campers as directed by their physicians

(g)   Shall hold all medications for staff.

(h)   Shall develop charts of any and all medical problems to be shared with the Director and appropriate staff while abiding by confidentiality rules.

(i)    Shall instruct staff members in how to respond in emergency medical situations.

(j)    Shall cooperate with Camp Director in processing medical reports, insurance reports, and communicating with parents.  

(k)   Shall perform other related duties as directed by the Director.



                                                                                                                                         Applicants must be 21 or older, must be certified in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and must be an RN with an active Connecticut registration or an active temporary Connecticut registration.  Ability to use or the willingness to learn sign language is required.




Isola Bella Camp Nurse

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Negotiable on the basis of experience and training.

Employment dates June 22nd to August 3rd 2015. 




Visit our website: to download an application.   Send application and with resume or letter of interest to:  


Human Resources

American School for the Deaf

                                                139 North Main Street

                                                West Hartford, CT  06107-1269


                                                FAX:   860-570-1832


The American School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer:  M/F/V/H/D.


The American School for the Deaf does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. 


All applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to interview.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hidden heart disease....a nurse knew something was wrong when she had symptoms

A healthy nurse who enjoyed golfing, skydiving, and running developed stroke-like symptoms at 

37 years old. She struggled to get medical answers for a year.....

Accommodation for personality disorders

A study funded by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) in 2007 found that approximately 9.1 percent of American adults has at least one personality disorder (Lenzenweger, Lane, Loranger, & Kessler, 2007).

The ADA does not contain a list of medical conditions that constitute disabilities. Instead, the ADA has a general definition of disability that each person must meet (EEOC Regulations . . ., 2011). Therefore, some people with personality disorders will have a disability under the ADA and some will not.

Read more from the Job Accommodation Network about reasonable accommodation for personality disorders.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Let's celebrate congenital heart disease awareness month and a 1 in 100 Nurse!

    February marks the beginning of congenital heart disease (CHD) awareness month. 

    Christy Sillman, RN, MSN lives with CHD 24/7. 

    She works 5 days a week as an Adult CHD nurse coordinator at Stanford and supports her CHD peers (zipper sisters) online.

    February is about being vocal, gaining awareness, and getting people to care about the number one birth defect.

    Christy Sillman is 1 in 100 born with congenital heart disease. 

                                Christy Sillman is a nurse!

Christy is included in this touching video of zipper sisters.

                Read more about Christy Sillman, RN, MSN.

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With thanks,